Bacon Chive Cream Cheese

Bacon chive cream cheese makes a great addition to your morning bagel! 

Bacon Chive Cream Cheese

College Park is a town best known for housing the University of Maryland’s main campus. When I first visited, it was a little run down with lots of empty store fronts. But now, it is crazy how fast it is filling up with new places. There are a ton of little hidden gems peppered in with the mainstream restaurants, of course. Usually, those hidden gems are way better than any Bobby’s Burger Palace. My most favorite is The Bagel Place.

This place, guys. I can’t really begin to describe it. They have every bagel flavor you could ever dream, paired with any cream cheese your heart desires. We used to get them on Fridays at the office and I’ve been pretty sad the tradition stopped. I was pretty loyal to one bagel/cream cheese combo in particular: the Old Bay bagel with bacon chive cream cheese. 

Bacon Chive Cream Cheese

If you’re from Maryland or live in Maryland or have been to Maryland or have driven past Maryland without stopping, you know Old Bay runs through the veins of this state. For people to say they don’t like it is akin to someone saying they don’t like Philly cream cheese or soft pretzels: illegal and morally wrong. I happen to love Old Bay and so this bagel spoke to me. But the stand out wasn’t even the bagel itself, it was the cream cheese. Creamy, loaded with salty bacon and chives, this bacon was the perfect compliment to that bagel. Since The Bagel Place is out of my way now, I’m making it at home non-stop. You should, too. Your bagels are naked without it!

Bacon Chive Cream Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to a container and store in the fridge.
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Bacon Chive Cream Cheese

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

Italian hoagie style pressed picnic sandwiches take any picnic from boring to fabulous in one simple bite.

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

July is National Picnic Month, which is incredibly appropriate considering it is the warmest month of the year. And sure, maybe you don’t necessarily feel like slogging your goodies all the way to the beach in the oppressive heat. Or perhaps you aren’t into bugs and ants that undoubtedly swirl around any blanket or sheet you may lay down on top of a grassy area in your local park. If you put aside all the minor annoyances, however, picnics are awesome, especially if you can round up a great group of friends and family and encourage them all to bring their own fabulous dishes and drinks. 

I’ve wanted to make a pressed picnic sandwich for years but never had much reason to do so. And so this Sunday Supper event with Gallo Family Vineyards is basically the picnic of my dreams, the one I’ve truly been waiting for all year long. Gallo asked a few of us to come up with our best picnic wares to celebrate this month and I could not be more excited to see what everyone is bringing to the party. I of course brought the pressed picnic sandwich.

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

Now, if you know me well, you may be wondering why I didn’t bring a traditional hoagie. Here’s the answer: I just can’t. I’m a stubborn Northesterner and I can’t handle the conversation that will ensure over hoagie vs. sub vs. grinder. To me, it is and always will be a hoagie. Lingo and jargon aside, the flavors of a traditional Italian hoagie do me in every dang time. I cannot resist spicy capicola, stacked provolone and all the trimmings. I think pressed picnic sandwiches are meant to be classy foods but hey, I gave it a Philly spin by filling that fancy sandwich with all my favorite Italian hoagie ingredients. It goes perfectly with Gallo’s Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep richness of the wine doesn’t overpower but perfectly compliments the sandwich. And their mini bottles are completely picnic-ready, easily fitting into your adorable basket that you’ve no doubt packed. If you aren’t a deep red fan, try their Pinot Grigio with this as well, either works perfectly! 

The fun part about a pressed sandwich – besides stuffing it in your face – is in the preparation. You layer all of your ingredients onto the bread, make sure to pile ‘em sky high. Place the lid on top and then press between some heavy books. It causes the sandwich to collapse a bit, become this tiny bite so packed with flavor, you’ll wonder how all of that deliciousness managed to be in one bite. Plus the pressed sandwich makes you look more dignified – no ingredients falling all over our shirt. Try one and eat with dignity!

Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

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Italian Hoagie Style Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 large loaf of Italian bread
  • 2 Tbsp. hoagie oil (found in the deli at your grocery store)
  • 8 slices capicola
  • 8 slices Genoa salami
  • 8 slices ham
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely sliced
  • 2 to 3 large lettuce leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Begin by cutting your bread down the middle. Spread the hoagie oil over top of one half of the bread.
  2. Layer the capital on the bread, followed by the salami, ham and cheese. Top with onions and lettuce then place the second half on top.
  3. Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap, then place a very heavy book on top (a dictionary works well). Let it sit for an hour, pressing the sandwich down.
  4. Place sandwich in the fridge until ready to slice and serve.
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Homemade Kettle Corn

Homemade kettle corn is so easy to whip at home, it allows you to avoid all the loud chewers and mouth breathers at the movie theater! 

Homemade Kettle Corn

Ah, popcorn. The world’s most perfect snack food. And yet, completely polarizing. You either love popcorn or you hate it. Some can’t stand the smell of cooking popcorn – burning popcorn is worse. Others conjure up vivid memories as soon as they get a whiff of buttery kernels popping away. I fall into the second category, thinking about movies of my youth and time spent with friends every time I smell popcorn, hear popcorn, see popcorn. It’s a snack food I can never resist.

My most favorite type of popcorn is – and if you know me, this shouldn’t be a shock – kettle corn. A slightly sweet, slightly salty popcorn snack is always a welcome treat as far as I’m concerned. I knew I wanted to make it for The Leftovers Club as soon as I saw my match. Elizabeth is our leader in sending back and forth delicious treats. She organizes, puts up with all of our issues and works tirelessly to make this fun for everyone. It means that she needed some kettle corn – the best snack ever – in her life.

Homemade Kettle Corn

A word on making popcorn at home: there are multiple ways in which to pop kernels. You can heat a bit of oil in a pot over medium heat, then add the kernels and a lid. They’ll pop like crazy, it will be good fun. But I had trouble making the kettle corn this way. I followed the instructions exactly and each time, the sugar burned in the pot and it was disgusting – to say the least. My sure-fire, never-fail method is cleaner, neater and easier. Fill a brown paper bag with popcorn and toss it in the microwave. It acts exactly as a bag of popcorn would. After it’s finished popping – use the same guidelines you would on a normal bag of popcorn, listen for the popping to cease – pour it in a bowl and coat it with sugar. The sugar will stick to the hot popcorn and you’ll have this fantastically easy snack ready to go!

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Homemade Kettle Corn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Place the popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag. Place it in the microwave and microwave it for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. You should no longer hear kernels popping.
  2. Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Sprinkle sugar and salt on top then toss to coat.
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Cheesy Corn Dog Nuggets

Don’t bother getting take out. Cheesy corn dog nuggets are easy to make at home, and more tasty than store-bought! 

Cheesy Corn Dog Nuggets

Making these cheesy corn dog nuggets was an experiment in home cooking. So often, people say that they can’t cook or could never replicate store-bought or restaurant food at home. And when they said it, I always want to scream a little. I’m not saying everyone should be creating five-star meals in their home kitchen. Everyone likes a splurge every now and again. But to say no, it can’t be done is ludicrous.

This rant is thanks in part to my family, who begged for take-out lunch this past weekend. All they wanted – begged for incessantly – was junk food. We try to eat healthy but sometimes, the weekend just calls for junk. But I refused to spend the money. The truth is I really wanted corn dogs and knew I had the ingredients at home. Despite screams and protests  – maybe there was even a picket sign and a rotten tomato throwing – I made cheesy corn dog nuggets. And then made those doubters eat their words.

Cheesy Corn Dog Nuggets

Because these corn dog nuggets were infinitely better than anything that could be bought at any store, take-out joint or restaurant. You have the absolute power to customize the batter to your liking, to your tastes. I added some smoked paprika in mine to give it a little kick. And because you are making these at home, you can also choose your hot dogs. I went with cheese-filled because, you know, cheese-filled. 

The best part, however, of this whole homemade corndog ordeal is the fact that you get these babies right out of the fryer (healthy, they are not). They are hot and crunchy and gloriously fried to golden perfection. They hit your mouth before they’ve even had time to cool off. How’s that for fresh?

Recipe slightly adapted from Buns in my Oven

Cheesy Corn Dog Nuggets

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp.salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 cheese-filled hot dogs, cut into thirds
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a sauce pan to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oil heats, prep the batter. Combine 2/3 cup cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika in a bowl and mix well. Adding milk and stir to combine.
  3. Place the remaining flour on a plate. Dredge the hot dogs through the flour, then place them into the batter. Coat them with batter and drip off the excess.
  4. Carefully place them in the frying pan and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with all remaining hot dogs.
  5. Serve with ketchup or mustard.
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Spiced Iced Tea Popsicles

Spiced iced tea popsicles are the genius baby of something hot and something cold, perfect for the hot, lazy days of summer.

Spiced Iced Tea Pops

Maybe I’m a bit of a baby about this, but it bothers me that homemade popsicles are all the rage. They’re super trendy and even I’ve fallen into the trap, but with a decent amount of contempt about the situation. It all harkens back to my childhood, when my mom would make homemade popsicles all the time. They aren’t modern or trendy, popsicles are old school. She was making them way before they had adorable holders and kitschy flavors. Our popsicles had a little straw at the bottom, ideal for sucking out every single drop of golden popsicle juice. There weren’t fancy flavors, but they were refreshing and we loved them. 

Spiced Iced Tea Pops

So it did sort of pain me a little bit to make such a trendy popsicle. However, when Palais des Thes sent me a sample of their spiced tea, I HAD to make popsicles with it. The idea of making a cold, frosty popsicle with spicy, warm tea seemed like madness. Or brilliance. Probably both. I used their spice garden mix, which has a healthy dose of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. It’s like an even stronger, even better Chai tea. It was absolutely perfect for these popsicles. I’ve devoured them, every last one. Before I told anyone else I made them. I’m ok with my decision.

Spiced Iced Tea Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 can Palais des Thes spice garden tea blend
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, combine tea, water and sugar. Heat until boiling then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Once cool, divide the tea into four popsicle molds. Place in the freezer until completely frozen through.
  3. To serve, you may need to run the mold under hot water for a moment or two to loosen the popsicles.
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